Apple’s AirTags location tracking device is receiving a major update packed with numerous features to address the security concerns the product is having.
New AirTags Features
Apple is finally responding to the numerous security concerns that users have been reporting. As malicious use of AirTags has been found among many users, the company has announced in a press release that new features are coming to the products, and here they are:
- New privacy warnings during AirTag setup: In an upcoming software update, every user setting up their AirTag for the first time will see a stronger privacy warning than before.
- Addressing alert issues for AirPods: When users see the “Unknown Accessory Detected” alert, the Find My app will specify the accessory as AirPods if it is indeed.
- Updated support documentation: Apple has updated its support documentation, now available on the company’s website.
- Precision Finding (available later this year): Users of iPhones that feature Precision Finding – iPhones 11/12/13 – will be able to use the feature to find out of AirTags are tracking them – in order to locate the risk as soon as possible.
- Display alert with sound (available later this year): When an AirTag emits sounds to show you its presence, the software will display an alert that you can take action on such as – playing a sound or using Precision Finding.
- Refining unwanted tracking alert logic (available later this year): Apple plans to update the unwanted tracking alert system to early notify users that an unknown AirTag or any other Find My accessory may be following them on travel.
- Tuning AirTag’s sound (available later this year): AirTag sounds and tones will be adjusted so that the loudest tone becomes louder.
Apple & Law Enforcement
The Cupertino-based giant also stated that it has been working alongside law enforcement to improve all AirTags-related issues surrounding security:
“We have been actively working with law enforcement on all AirTag-related requests we’ve received. Based on our knowledge and on discussions with law enforcement, incidents of AirTag misuse are rare; however, each instance is one too many.”
The company is noting that incidents of AirTag misuses are rare though it is too dangerous to ignore them. Hopefully, with all the new features and improvements, the malicious use rate of the company’s tracking product will decline.